2001, Garuda Alighted on GWK Hill
January 12th, 2001
Since the idea of Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana project was launched to the public in 1993, Government of Indonesia had demonstrated its strong commitment to give the supports. Through the Bali Tourism Development Corporation, supports given in share holding of 18% from the development project of the park. But, the monetary crises and political situation then influenced this project to inevitably slow down.
This project finally had survived to move on, even without any loan from banks in the amount of worth. Polemics arose pro and contra upon existence of this project. However, fund rising held by Garuda Wisnu Kencana Foundation, was successful to gather several companies and entrepreneurs in this country, who had shared vision in making a dedication for this country and the future generations.
Slowly but sure, this project walked slowly, and through the years of monetary crises, this project was as if forgotten. Something catch on mind when people were asked about this project was about the burned down of developing construct of ''Garuda''s head at Studio Nyoman Nuarta in Bandung, in 1997 . It's not for every people to know, that the tragedy did not make any reason to stop effort of realization of the project. Saved by technical process, the reconstruction moved on and only took two weeks to establish. Meanwhile, the construction of God Wisnu statue started.
It is at the end of second millennium, to coincide with the turn of the Millennium, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Foundation decided to make a socialization of the realization by opening the project to the public of approximately 5% from the total area. It may also be looked upon as the debut of the physical structure of the Mandala GWK cultural park. This stage namely GWK Expo 2000, is also exhibiting the 15% of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue with the 22 meter-high the God Wisnu statue , as the anchor.
Begin in August 1999, the construction of GWK EXPO 2000 which consisting of amphitheatre, street theatre, exhibition hall, café and restaurants, run after the time to prepare the event ''Bali Artventures 2000'' on 31 December 1999. The event was held here as the initiation of this expo that presenting to the public in all over the world through 150 television stations in 48 countries.
Nowadays, after a year time of socialization, government and the people of Indonesia turn their head again to this project. Indonesian Legislative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Indonesia) through Komisi IV (Commission of Tourism) proposed the government to support speeding up the finishing of the project. Government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was responded and willing to support the next stage of development in 2001, by giving the supports for the development construction of Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue.
This effort furthermore, was followed by the extended development, as in mid 2001 several parts of the Garuda statue planned to move from Studio Nyoman Nuarta, Bandung to Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park , at the Ungasan hill in Bali. The Part of Garuda statue which have been ready to move are the head and the body. Another part statue of mythical bird Garuda still on going process with it's wing in Bandung with the width of 66 meters. The attraction of reconstruction with the welding process would be seen at the park, since the middle of 2001. Every people from all over the world can watch and enjoy the process of statue construction that will become as the symbol of cultural communication and environmental of the world, with a 146 meters high. The development of the whole project is estimated to be finished in the year of 2005.
If you had ever come to the Mandala Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park during the year of 2000, don't miss it, to come again this year, as the 'Garuda' alighted on GWK Hill. Or maybe, to you who never heard or come to this project, this is opportunity for you to be the witness on the process of the creation pillar of our future generation history.